Saskatoon, SK, September 27, 2007 - POS Pilot Plant Corporation’s expertise in food and bioproducts processing will assist in the development of new bioproducts and a new bioprocessing facility in Punjab, India. The facility will be part of India’s first agri-food research park designed to bring together expertise in the areas of agricultural sciences, food processing and biotechnology.
Officials of the Government of India were in Saskatoon today where they have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with POS Pilot Plant involving over $1M in project work. Under the terms of the MOU between POS Pilot Plant and India’s Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, POS will design and optimize processes for manufacturing high value components from bio-materials being investigated by Indian researchers. POS will also ensure that the resulting materials meet rigorous international quality standards so that India can successfully market the resulting products.
“This arrangement will provide mutually beneficial results,” explains POS President and CEO Robert E. Morgan. “We see it as an opportunity to participate in building India’s bioprocessing industry for the development of new foods and other bioproducts. We will apply the bioprocessing expertise we’ve gained over the last 30 years, to help Punjab develop products meeting international quality standards. In turn POS will benefit from the international exposure and gain additional process development experience. Ultimately, service to our Canadian and US clients will be enhanced, and POS could obtain further project work in the future with the new bioprocessing facility.”
As part of the MOU, POS will also organize a tour of other western Canadian value-added processing facilities for Indian technical advisors. The tour is intended to provide participants with further insight into commercializing and incubating innovations.
The groundwork for strengthening scientific collaboration between Canada and India was laid last November when Morgan travelled to India along with representatives from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the University of Saskatchewan, Ag-West Bio, and the National Research Council of Canada, to hold discussions about the research park. As a result of that visit several other collaborative arrangements have been formalized with the participants.
POS Pilot Plant is a not-for-profit contract research and development facility. It specializes in process and product development, custom processing, and analytical services. Its mission is to assist organizations in developing high-value components for food, feed, and wellness ingredients, industrial bioproducts, and cosmetics and personal care products. POS is celebrating its 30th year of operation.
For more information contact:
Robert E. Morgan, President & CEO
POS Pilot Plant Corporation
118 Veterinary Road
Canada S7N 2R4
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